Feb 28

SAP & 1/ST Bet Presents

Charity 1/ST Handicapping Challenge

Charity 1/ST Handicapping Challenge
Next Event Sunday February 28 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Santa Anita Park is back with the second rendition of our popular Charity 1/ST Handicapping Challenge!

This invitation-only contest will begin with 32 participants (comprised of trainers, owners, handicappers, media personalities and other members of the horse racing community) on two teams that will compete head-to-head in an elimination-style tournament comprising of 5 total rounds and 31 live racing days, for the crown of Charity Champion. At the end of the contest, Santa Anita Park will donate at least $1,000 to CARMA and that amount will increase every time one of our participants turns their daily bankroll to over $1,000.


Two players will participate each day in a handicapping seminar that will be hosted by Jeff “Chappy” Chapman and George Ortuzar.

When: Every Tournament Day at 10:30 AM PST (full calendar for Schedule)

Where: Online on our Santa Anita Park Live Stream Page

What: In these half-hour long seminars, the players (16 players will be representing Team Chappy and 16 players will be representing Team George O) will discuss their selections for the contest.

Missed our Live Stream? Watch all of the show replays below or on our Santa Anita Park YouTube Page!

Tournament Schedule:

See the full calendar for Schedule.

  • Round 1: Thursday, December 31st – Sunday, January 31st
  • Round 2: Friday, February 5th – Saturday, February 20th
  • Round 3: Sunday, February 21st – Sunday, February 28th
  • Round 4: Friday, March 5th – Saturday, March 6th
  • Championship Round: Sunday, March 7th
Tournament Format:
  • Each player will start with a $300 mythical bankroll.
  • Each player will have to wager those funds as follows:
    • $100 Win Bet
    • $100 in Exactas
    • $100 in Daily Doubles
  • The player with the most money at the end of each round will move on, while the other is eliminated.
  • Bankrolls do not carry over to subsequent rounds.
  • Tiebreaker will decide a winner if both players end up with the same final amount.
2021 Total Donations To Date:
  • $500 – Ruben Sandoval (Team Chappy) – Sunday, January 31st
  • $500 – Jason Avila (Team Chappy) – Friday, January 15th
  • $500 – Benny Southstreet (Team Chappy) – Saturday, January 9th
  • $1,000 – Starting Donation Made by Santa Anita Park
    • Total To Date: $2,500
Round Contestants/Winners/Player Wagers
Round 3:
  • Saturday, February 27th
    • Michelle Yu (Team Chappy) vs. Jason Avila (Team Chappy)
  • Friday, February 26th
    • Ellis Starr (Team Chappy) vs. Ruben Mendez (Team George O)
  • Sunday, February 21st
    • Benny Southstreet (Team Chappy) vs. Don Chatlos (Team George O)
Round 2:
  • Saturday, February 20th
    • Nicolle Neulist (Team George O) vs. Jason Portuondo (Team George O)
  • Friday, February 19th
    • Jim Benes (Team Chappy) vs. Gabriel Vartanian (Team George O)
  • Monday, February 15th
    • Ruben Sandoval (Team Chappy) vs. Don Chatlos (Team George O)
  • Sunday, February 14th
    • Jason Avila (Team Chappy) vs. Carl O’Callaghan (Team George O)
  • Saturday, February 13th
    • Ellis Starr (Team Chappy) vs. Darwin Vizcaya (Team George O)
  • Friday, February 12th
    • Michelle Yu (Team Chappy) vs. Claudia Spadaro (Team George O)
  • Saturday, February 6th
    • Seminar Skip (Team Chappy) vs. Ruben Mendez (Team George O)
  • Friday, February 5th
    • Benny Southstreet (Team Chappy) vs. Gavin Gallardo (Team George O)
Round 1: 
  • Sunday, January 31st
    • Ruben Sandoval (Team Chappy) vs. Samantha Siegel (Team George O)
  • Saturday, January 30th
    • Jim Benes (Team Chappy) vs. Craig Kaufman (Team George O)
  • Sunday, January 24th
    • Nick Hines “Sarge” (Team Chappy) vs. Darwin Vizcaya (Team George O)
  • Saturday, January 23rd
    • Ellis Starr (Team Chappy) vs. Dan Tordjman (Team George O)
  • Friday, January 22nd
    • Andrew Lerner (Team Chappy) vs. Nicolle Neulist (Team George O)
  • Monday, January 18th
    • Dave Weaver (Team Chappy) vs.  Gabriel Vartanian (Team George O)
  • Sunday, January 17th
    • Gino Buccola (Team Chappy) vs. Jason Portuondo (Team George O)
  • Saturday, January 16th
    • Michelle Yu (Team Chappy) vs. Peter Lurie (Team George O)
  • Friday, January 15th
    • Jason Avila (Team Chappy) vs. Bill Crawford (Team George O)
  • Sunday, January 10th
    • Christina Blacker (Team Chappy) vs. Carl O’Callaghan (Team George O)
  • Saturday, January 9th
    • Benny Southstreet (Team Chappy) vs. Steven Rothblum (Team George O)
  • Friday, January 8th
    • Hal Dolan (Team Chappy) vs. Don Chatlos (Team George O)
  • Sunday, January 3rd
    • Joe Moran (Team Chappy) vs. Claudia Spadaro (Team George O)
  • Saturday, January 2nd
    • Seminar Skip (Team Chappy) vs. Christopher Ado (Team George O)
  • Friday, January 1st
    • Tyler Hoffman (Team Chappy) vs. Gavin Gallardo (Team George O)
  • Thursday, December 31st
    • Matt Dinerman (Team Chappy) vs. Ruben Mendez (Team George O)

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